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Girls In STEM and STEAM Make History Every Day

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Girls In STEM and STEAM Make History Every Day
by William Jackson
Co-authors Tierra and Deyona
Empowerment Resources, Inc.

There are many events that encourage learning and
reflection in life journey. Thousands if not
millions of girls of color and culture across
the United States and even the world have
experienced the wonder and exhilaration of
Hidden Figures just a year ago, the movie that is
inspiring girls and women of color across the nation
and the world.
The understanding that math is a necessary skill
and that STEM- Science Technology Engineering Math (Arts)
is a real foundation for careers needing this educational
initiative for the growing numbers of girls and women of
color that are changing their thinking in choosing
careers once dominated by men. Even girls and women of
African backgrounds that were once denied entrance
into educational centers, schools and higher education.
Educational opportunities are opening the STEM doors
because the foundation is in STEM and STEAM.

The Jacksonville, Florida girls mentoring initiative
Empowerment Resources, Inc (ERI) – (JIW) Journey Into
Womanhood has a different perspective of the sciences,
math and working in careers that at one time girls did
not even consider.
Now, literally the sky is not the limit, but traveling
in space is a possibility and inner space, exploration
of the oceans and seas.
Hidden Figures showed the mental strength, emotional
resiliency and the passion for education that children
of color and culture needed to witness and understand that
they cannot allow anyone to stop their educational,
personal and professional growth. Girls are creative and
innovative in their talents and thinking. Girls of color
and culture are learning they are Dope, Lit and Unstoppable.

Racial barriers are still present, it can delay or slow
progress but it cannot stop it. Women are key in the
progression and success of NASA, this can no longer be
denied, hidden, silenced or false truths created to show that
women and even men of color are important to the exploration
of space. Diversity breeds success in STEM and STEM.

In the educational system students of color cannot
be lied to and told that Blacks did not contribute to the
success of the space program. Too many students of color have
been lied to, and their aspirations crushed because they wanted
something that their dreams saw they could achieve. To many
years students of color have been denied the education
necessary to be influential agents of change and told they
should only enter into manual labor jobs of low stature, low
responsibility and even lower wages.
JIW Youth Advisory Council Member and High School senior
Tierra and Deyona an 8th grade Middle School student share
their thoughts about the movie and its influences.
Their voices and others need to be heard and applied to
inspire and encourage others to follow their dreams and ignore
the ignorance of racism, s*xism, bias and hate.

Feedback from Tierra:
The movie Hidden Figures was a great movie because it
inspired me to want to do more for my community. It
showed me that women and men are capable of the same
things. The movie showed that black women played an
important role in landing the first man on the moon.
It also shows that to make a change you don’t have to
be disrespectful or aggressive you can be assertive.
My favorite part was the discussion after the movie.
It was very interesting to see that many of the younger
girls were inspired to make a change. I was also
surprised by how many of the girls had similarities
to the women in the movie.

Feedback from Deyona:
This movie was by far the most empowering movie I’ve ever
seen. In the movie there are three African American women
fighting for their rights. It shows the hardships and
struggles of people who look like me. This movie has shown
me that sometimes we have to be the first. There will be
times when we have to set the example for future generations
to come. Your destiny is not your job, it’s your calling.
Kathrine was just a computer for her job. But her calling
lead her to her destiny being a direct influence and
programmer for the Freedom 7 and even the Apollo 13 years
later. Overall this movie has shown me when you walk with purpose,
and strive toward your goal, you’ll collide with destiny.

Calling in your purpose can be applied to Taylor Richardson
a member of JIW and her mother, they raised several thousand
dollars in 2017 to allow hundreds of girls and boys to see this
historic movie and create a movement of change so that boys
and girls of color can see their opportunities are unlimited
by someone else’s standards. That when you walk in and towards
your purpose you are unstoppable.

The efforts of Taylor and her mother are making direct changes
with the advocacy of STEM and STEAM being provided
across the nation and even on global platforms in Africa and
Asia. This energy must continue to create more opportunities
to be available for girls, women, boys and men of color and
culture to continue to make changes that influence not only
outer space, but inner space as well.

Educational paradigms are changing to empower children of color,
their visions are expanding to careers that once were not even
imaginable. STEAM STEM STREAM CSTEM and others are growing
that encourage diversity in color and gender.

WordCamp – Embracing Cultural Diversity in the Tech World

WordCamp – Embracing Cultural Diversity in the Tech World

William Jackson, WordCamp Speaker and Participant
Twitter @wmjackson – Social Media Activist
My Quest To Teach – #MyQuestToTeach
#MyBlogsAreDope #BlackBloggersMatter

WordCamp encourages and engages users, developers, coders,
content managers and digital innovators to share information
that may not resonate or apply now, but sure to spark and
generate interest in tech fields business owners and
entrepreneurs are interested and passionate about.
As a HBCU instructor and public school elementary
teacher, I’m constantly talking to all my students about
proper behavior in online environments. The influence
of digital footprints they create and building their Brands
even in elementary school.
HBCU students would do well to participate and attend
conferences like WordCamp, Bar Camp, EdCamp and other
tech events to learn the language of  business and develop
“Code Switching” skills. How to speak and carry yourself
to an industry at times struggling with diversity and
WordCamp allow for Content Engagement to allow
networking, sharing knowledge and experiences.
Broadcasting Platforms that transform Podcasting and
Video Blogging into business ventures.
Amplify the Message of community activist and
broaden community activism. The need of community
activist and the increase need for peaceful and effective
community activism by youth, teens and young adults.
Authentic stories need to be told and Social Media is the
platform to use. There are many Digital Innovators that
have ideas that should be encouraged and funded. HBCU
students are the future innovators for their communities,
but need to be exposed to instruction that puts them in
a frame of mind for exploration, discovery and even
research. HBCU instructors cannot remain in the past with
outdated instructional methods or even mentalities. They
must embrace the integration of tech that engages and
prepares them for new career paths.
Mental Agility should not just be applied to sports,
the growing areas of VR Virtual Reality have taken hold
and moved to influence every day lives.
Interaction Broad Based from mobile devices to watches
to other forms of technology. There is always a piece that
can have connectivity to access information.
Building Community through being a Blogger, VBlogger,
Podcaster are the storytellers that are changing the
paradigm of information exchange. The meshing to
individual and collective stories are a combination of
digital footprints trailblazing and exploring new avenues
to connect people and principles.
Coders, Web Developers the people with the abilities to
understand the roots of the web. How to make information
be seen or even to hide information from clarity and visual
Being dope or lit online does not mean using profanity,
inappropriate pictures for shock value nor violence or
sex to sell, it means being accountable, responsible and
sharing a passion for higher expectations of sharing
authentic and humanistic stories.
What the community see of you, about you, to  you,
from you does matter. It has far reaching influences
in credit scores, careers, relationships, business, and
entrepreneurial ventures.
How the world sees you does matter because individually
each of us displays culturally our journey in the world
that is still struggling with accepting diversity.


Jacksonville Goes To College To Prepare for the Future

Jacksonville Goes To College To Prepare for the Future
The Jacksonville Goes to College event was filled with
the excitement of students from all walks of life and
even grade levels discovering areas of study and
potential careers for the future. As in previous year’s
recruiters, advisors, instructors and administrators
from over 100 higher educational and vocational
institutions put on their best to attract the best and
brightest students that Duval County Public Schools
and surrounding school districts have to offer. Even
those students that are struggling academically learned
of tutoring and enrichment services at schools, working
to make higher education available despite academic
Along with the excitement of students were the
worries, concerns and planning of parents and a
growing number of grandparents praying, planning
and proactively seeking how to finance a college or
university education for their children.
Remembering my similar journey with my son
a graduate of FAMU, now attending Florida
State University and my daughter attending
University of Central Florida, the gifts of
scholarships and grants was very welcomed,
this would be a blessing for my children’s mother
and I and decreased the worry of financial aid.
Lessons learned can be overheard by the questions
of students and parents to recruiters sharing valuable
information. Some of the important lessons are not to
wait, apply early and make sure monies are available
for fees that need to be paid immediately. Girls should
consider STEAM/STEM fields because jobs are growing
faster than the demand for skilled knowledge based
fields.  A girls mind is her opportunity to enter a high
paying and leadership role in careers only thought of
for men, the number of qualified men are dropping.
Virtual Reality and Gaming are top industry areas that
African Americans, Latino and other cultures of color
need to consider for careers.
Developing games, graphics design and virtual reality
are the areas that allow for great creativity, high
incomes and traveling, learning how to develop new
games that dazzle the senses and inspire people to put
down money to purchase games that many times are
global in playing.
African American, Latino and other culturally diverse
parents and students need to speak to guidance
counselors early before their office hours are filled
with panicked students that waited to the last
minute to fill out financial aid and entrance
applications. There are thousands of scholarships
available, but many do have deadlines fast approaching.
Many parents use the tools offered by
Ashley Hill‏ of Prep for college
On Twitter #collegechat to help find the right scholarship
for the right areas of study and the right career
Parents need to be proactive in their efforts in
preparation, what are their children talented
in, their skills strength and academic and
creative talents.  Sometimes even starting in
the 8th grade to see what environment their
child or children will fit in. Students may want to
attend a large university for the glamour, but need
a small or middle size school that has a low teacher
to student ratio. The goal of higher education
is to graduate with a viable skill set not to party,
and play.
D’yani Jones a sophomore attending Andrew Jackson
High School knows she is interested in many areas
of technology and is looking early at schools that have
low ratios and high end tech facilities. Her sister Sha’ni
wants to be a veterinarian and looking at schools that
guide her to fulfilling her dreams of being a business
owner of her own pet store and animal hospital.
Parents need to talk to their children on a regular basis
as Ceolo Lewis, D’yani and Sha’ni mother to under-
stand how to help their children gain their dreams.
Parents should be able to facilitate the learning in and
out of school to develop the whole child and work with
teachers, administrators and guidance counselors.
Learning about financial aid early, when and where
to apply for scholarships, grants and the value
of paid, unpaid internships. A parent’s financial
history does have a big effect on their children receiving
subsidized help. Even if parents themselves did not
attend college they should do everything they can to
help their children achieve their goals.
Start early and ask lots of questions to get the
answers you need.

Resources for Scholarships:
Ashley Hill‏ @prepforcollege
Scholarship are all around.
On Twitter #collegechat

The Vision of Vision Keepers and New Town Success Zone

The Vision of Vision Keepers and New Town Success Zone

The Vision of Vision Keepers and New Town Success Zone

William Jackson – Community Activist, Educator
Social Media Visionary

The vision of “Vision Keepers” is spreading throughout
the communities
of Jacksonville, Florida. People of color and culture
are beginning to understand that in order to
create change, individuals must be
“Change Agents.”
Change comes first in the thought process of
critically  thinking where you are currently in
education, economics, commerce, and political
effective or ineffectiveness.
“Education is our passport to the future, for
tomorrow belongs to the people who prepare
for it today.”  Malcolm X
The realization of the importance of the human
experience that each person is important. If you
are not present what change have you or are
you creating?
If your not present will you be missed? Have
you made any changes in your community to
make your community safer, economically
worth investment in and what  kind of gener-
ational difference have you made?
There is program, upon program, the same
people are working hard to create, build, make
and sometimes force change.
Change will not happen until collectively the comm-
unity joins together not just for a month, a year
or even a decade. That change must be sustainable
and scalable to where generationaly the change
affects everyone in positive and productive ways.
People in the community must have ownership
and held accountable for the change to remain
and more importantly grow.

“Don’t condemn if you see a person has a dirty
glass of water, just show them the clean glass of
water that you, or someone else has.
When they inspect it, you won’t have to say that
yours is better.”
This should motivate them to want to do better,
to reach their potential. Malcolm X,
The Autobiography of Malcolm X
Vision Keepers and New Town Success Zone are
making changes in the thinking of entreprenurials
and business owners. Programs are in place to help
those with the thoughts, ideas, creativity and
innovation to create businesses that effect the
community, changes that bring about growth,
pride, dignity and self-reliance on the ability to
provide products and services that are
in need in the community.
“Adults in the African American community must
embrace their talents and gifts, show their children
that they are blessed with their individual talents.
Embrace failure because that allows for
growth. Never be afraid to fail…..”
William Jackson, Social Media Visionary

Entrepreneurials are realizing there are people that
can help build a business from the ground up. Provide
the financial infrastructure and the technical know how
to establish a foundation of sustainability and profits.
Businesses are being designed to provide what is needed
in re-investment, but also to make profits that can be
re-invested in the community, that can be invested
in youth, teens and young adults in programs that
are not born yet and provide internship
and scholarships to provide access to educational
In order for change to happen citizens must attend
the meetings that Vision Keepers and New Town
Success Zone provides freely and enthusiastically
to the community. To invest and re-invest
in oneself is the first step to growth and esta-
blishing a change that people want to see when
they look in the mirror or see in their bank accounts.

The feelings in too many cases are that more police
will change communities, stricter gun laws, locking
up youth, teens and young adults that commit even
minor crimes and the school to prison pipeline
debate continues. These do not work.
The reality is that increased educational opportunities
do work, exposure to business and entrepreneurial
opportunities for youth, teens and young adults to
start their own businesses do work.

Teaching children and teens that writing, poetry, blogging,
coding, web development can open doors to new careers.
Providing business mentors and role models do work and
even allowing youth, teens and young adults to take field
trips and providing professionals to visit the schools more
often to talk to students and answer questions does work.
Depending on who you talk to, too many do not see the
value of children of color and culture, too many
have already passed judgement before allowing
education, business, commerce and economic
changes to work.

No society can survive on the “lock them up mentality”
because the reflection will fall back on what skills
will our youth, teens and young adults have when
released from prison if they are not trained to stay
out of prison they will repeat.

“Children have a lesson adults should learn, to not
be ashamed of failing, but to get up and try again. Most
of us adults are so afraid, so cautious, so ‘safe,’ and
therefore so shrinking and rigid and afraid that it is
why so many humans fail. Most middle-aged adults
have resigned themselves to failure.”
Malcolm X, The Autobiography of Malcolm X

The beauty of the power of communication and obser-
vation, instead of competition try collaboration and ?
cooperation for the same goals and VISION. Work
together to improve the community not fight to own
“Anytime you find someone more successful than
you are, especially when you’re both engaged in
the same business you know they’re doing some-
thing that you aren’t.”
Malcolm X, The Autobiography of Malcolm X

There are business learning opportunities already
taking place, the community must want to parti-
cipate to improve themselves.

Business and Social Media Workshop
Vision Keepers Economic Development Meeting
Monday, October 16th 2017
6pm to 8:40pm
Bring your own Hotspot….

Take-Aways from Edcamp Tampa Bay 2017

Take-Aways from Edcamp Tampa Bay 2017

Take-Aways from Edcamp Tampa Bay 2017
William Jackson, EdCamp Participant, Organizer and Advocate
#MyQuestToTeach #EdCampDuval in 2018
EdCamps are wonderful opportunities for educators of all backgrounds,
years of experience and even national or global location.
Sharing best practices, classroom management strategies,
how to build student and teacher relationships, reinforcing
rituals and routines to create wonderful learning
opportunities. The success of the classroom begins
with a welcoming atmosphere and a rich learning
environment that stirs the senses of curiosity, discover
and exploration.
The important strategy that has been shared in this and
other EdCamp adventures is that teachers must establish
a relationship with their students built on how valuable
the student(s) are, that they are welcomed in schools
and in classrooms. There are high expectations for
student success and learning can be fun and relevant.
Educators are available to help students to grow past
their self-perceived limitations and there are no limits
to learning.
Many times teachers are rushed into just teaching,
teaching cannot be effective if the student and teacher
do not establish a relationship that is based on a level
of trust and respect.
Too many parents do not see the value of the
teacher and parent relationship. The opportunity
for parents to support their child’s development
with a working relationship with teachers, not a
volatile and aggressive relationship, but a
relationship that puts the child first and collaboration
with parents and teachers.
Students need to know that their teacher cares
about their success no matter their socio-economic
status, no matter their citizenship and no matter
their cultural or ethnic background.
EdCamps provide relevant professional develop-
ment that allows teachers to speak freely and
share their wisdom and knowledge.
1. Teachers are change agents and agents of change
that influence this country and the world. No other
profession has such a responsibility and are help to
high standards.
2. Teachers are the second influences of accepting
and respecting diversity, parents are first. The
influence of teachers are phenomenal and has
generational consequences.
3. Teachers model cultural and gender acceptance.
Every student deserves to be treated with respect
and taught about the importance of what respect is
and how it is earned.
Preparing students beyond the classroom and being
ready for careers.
4. Teachers are moral compasses for communities
and cities. The acceptance or rejection of behaviors
that are socially displayed in the classrooms are
guided by professional educators.
5. Teachers are entrepreneurs by profession and
natural selection. Managing time and resources
teaching these to students.
6. Teachers are thought leaders and cognitive inno-
vators. There is creativity and discipline involved
when teaching students that are unaware of their
7. Teachers are literature influencers and grammatical
peddlers of proper language development.
8. Teachers have the patience of Job and the wisdom
of David in an educational application.
9. Teachers are like JEDI using both old and new
tech and techniques to influence and build minds
of students of all ages.
10. Teachers are ahead of their times because of
their innovative thinking and society sometimes
must catch-up with their creative natures.
11. Teachers are like the wise men and women of
the world, full of wisdom, knowledge and vision,
but when people finally seek their knowledge
people still want to tell teachers what to do
and how to think.
12. Teacher are leaders even if we don’t want
to be.
13. Teachers can influence neighborhoods and
communities. They influence engagement and
14. Teachers are like the U.S. Marines.
A family based on respect, brother and sister-
hood. Through fire and ice, and increasingly
through combat that is physical, mental,
emotional and moral.
15. Teachers are “first responders” in building,
guiding, and strengthening humanity.
16. Teachers have multiple certifications:
CPR, academic certifications, leadership, and
others. Teachers are even trained as first
responders for student potential mental illness
and abuse situations.
17. Many teachers have more professional
certifications than the President of the
United States.
18. Teachers are generationally diverse and
gender acceptable. Teachers must teach every
student and look past their personal opinions
to make sure all students are successful.
19. Teachers are responsible for their own
professional development, their professional
growth and development.
20. Teachers are the life blood of this country’s
ability to compete globally.
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